Renoir. L’alba di un nuovo classicismo, at Palazzo Roverella from 25 February to 25 June 2023, curated by Paolo Bolpagni, is the new appointment with modern art proposed by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, supported by the Municipality of Rovigo.
A major and original exhibition, which will reveal to visitors that Renoir was not only the great master of Impressionism, but so much more.

An exhibition that will investigate the moment following the brief impressionist experience of Renoir, starting from the moment in which the artist, driven by a profound creative restlessness, decided to embark on a journey to Italy. It was the year 1881. A tour that started from Venice, where above all Carpaccio and Tiepolo struck him, and which continued for short stops in Padua and Florence, finding fundamental destinations in Rome and Naples.
The journey to Italy will lead Renoir in 1882 towards a creative revolution that will culminate in the abandonment of impressionist technique and poetics: from the joie de vivre of the fun scenes of the Parisian bourgeoisie of the seventies, the French artist then moved on to an aigre harsh style, which would have combined Raphael's lesson with Ingres's. To these new suggestions the painter associated the technical choice of a clear stroke and the attention to volumes and monumentality of figures, characteristics that defined a personal and "modern classicism". It was the dawn of a new style.

Above all, the exhibition focuses on this second phase of Renoir's career, starting from his return from the journey to Italy, up to the late works. Opening with the great preparatory study of the famous Moulin de la Galette, the exhibition will narrate the evolution of Renoir's way of painting in the subsequent developments: from the "neo-Renaissance" style to the landscapes of Provence and the Côte d'Azur, without neglecting the common thread of the biographical story of the artist's life personal events, also in the wake of the biography that his son - the great filmmaker Jean - dedicated to his father in the early 1960s.

Bringing together more than eighty artworks in a unique and breathtaking itinerary, in the rooms of Palazzo Roverella the Renoir's paintings and preparatory drawings will be compared with other works by Italian artists such as Marino Marini, Carlo Carrà, Giorgio de Chirico, Filippo de Pisis and many others, whose statuary and classical artistic language finds parallels with that "return to order" that characterized art between the two wars, and of which the artist from Limoges was a precursor.


Palazzo Roverella, Rovigo
25 February 2023 - 25 June 2023

Monday-Friday: 09.00 – 19.00
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 9.00 – 20.00

For additional infos
Monday to Friday 9.30 - 18.30
Saturday 9.30 - 13.30

tel. 0425 460093

Press Office for the Exhibition:
tel. +049 663499